So let's face it. When we go on vacation, the first and most important decision of the trip is "where are we going to eat?" When I planned this Amsterdam trip for my Mama, I had initially accepted that perhaps food wouldn't be the highlight of this particular getaway. Oh, how wrong I was. I like to research before I venture to a new destination and I had found a few of Amsterdam's gems via blogs, instagram and online blogs (I will be doing a separate blog post explaining step by step how to research 'the' places to go). Here are my must-eats of Amsterdam!
All day brunch? Be there in 5. This place is open from 7 to 7 and serves breakfast, lunch and coffee. On the menu, there are various egg dishes, yogurt and granola, sandwiches, burgers, soups and a few bites. Sit inside the cozy cafe with beautiful Van Gogh almond blossom wallpaper or outside on the terrace when it’s sunny out and watch the world go by. We chose this spot for our first Amsterdam eating experience, on a Saturday for breakfast, and it was jam packed. Even though we managed to get a table, and staff were extremely friendly, the service was terrible. But if you are patient and don't mind catching up with friends while you wait, I would rate this place as somewhere I would return to!
#2 GUTS & GLORY
This place has a menu which changes each season and although I was nervous about the vegetarian tasting menu, I was bowled over. The atmosphere was urban and cozy, with some of the best service of the trip. Guts & Glory is a restaurant where they only use the most beautiful products to create amazing dishes and I would go as far as saying it was a truly memorable eating experience. We went at lunch time and it was very quiet but in saying this still managed to enjoy an atmosphere at this small, sophisticated and lively restaurant in the Rembrandt Square area of old Amsterdam. The menu offered is a fixed price 5, 6, or 7 course vegetarian dinner. We selected the 5 course option and were completely satisfied. The portions are somewhat small but the number of ingredients, flavors and creative designs resulted in the perfect meal, one which I would definitely rush back to.
#4 CLOUD ART AND COFFEE
Located on the Prinsengracht in the heart of Amsterdam’s beautiful canal ring, this gorgeous little hideaway offers exactly what it's name implies: art and coffee. Everything at Cloud Art & Coffee is specially curated; the fair trade coffee and tea being handpicked with as much care and thought as the art hanging on the walls. Regularly changing exhibitions offer talented young artists and photographers their moment in the spotlight, whilst ensuring that there’s always something new for customers to discover each time they visit. To boot, this place is Irish-run, which gave it that 'home away from home' edge.
#STARING AT JACOB
My personal favourite. If you’re a brunch lover, head over to this hip canalside hotspot for a creative and filling meal. The menu changes regularly but steak and eggs, fluffy pancakes, chicken and waffles and creative eggs benedict (creative take on eggs benedict with kimchi on bao buns) are just some of the typical brunch options, all traditional dishes with a special twist. All american vibes, including lively atmosphere, cool staff and excellent service, had myself and mom wanting to skip dinner plans and stay for put for round two! Ultimate Amsterdam spot - don't miss out.
Rainarai WESTERGASFABRIEK is a nomadic restaurant with Algerian cuisine of chef Laurent Med Khellout. This photo does not do the food justice. Halal dishes rich with Algerian spices and exotic colours were amongst the tastiest I've eaten, EVER! This spot is a must and would have me craving my next Amsterdam trip sooner than I had originally planned. Try either the small deli-style location, or the more formal and traditionally decorated restaurant.